Undergraduate Institution and Major:
Centre College – Bachelor of Science in Psychology, May 2003
Graduate Institution and Degree:
Georgetown University – Master of Public Policy, May 2006
Relevant Professional Experience:
- Strategic Planning & Policy Analyst, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
- Director of Homeownership Preservation, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
- Outreach Director, Ohio Department of Commerce
- Senior Policy Analyst, National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices
Broadly, I am interested in the ways in which social and economic inequality are affected by public policy, how policy decisions influence the social and economic landscape, and how outcomes from social programs may be impacted by policy design, politics, implementation, and management. My research in economic inequality has focused on racial disparities in the subprime mortgage market, best practices in state-level foreclosure prevention policy, evaluating the federal Hardest-Hit Fund foreclosure prevention program, and analyzing the impact of foreclosures on housing prices using a geographic spatial analysis methods. My second line of research concerns the causes of and policy strategies for preventing homelessness. I am interested in the ways in which housing instability relates to evictions, incarceration, affordable housing, mental health and addiction, personal networks, and public institutions. I am also interested in policy diffusion, implementation, and how policy design both affects outcomes of and is influenced by target populations.
Office of Affordable Housing Research (Ohio Housing Finance Agency)
Selected Conference Presentations:
- Instructor of Record – Public Budgeting; Writing and Communications in Public Affairs
- Teaching Assistant – Writing and Communications in Public Affairs; State and Local Public Finance
- Research Assistant – How Housing Matters to Families and Communities Initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, evaluation of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Hardest-Hit Fund foreclosure prevention program, through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Affordable Housing Research.
- Research Assistant – Evaluation of the LIFT-UP Financial Empowerment Program, through the National League of Cities.
- “Estimating the Effect of Residential Foreclosure on Neighborhood Housing Prices: A Spatial Analysis.” Presented at the American Real Estate Society Annual Meeting. Bonita Springs, FL: April 2018.
- “Can Residential Mobility Predict Recidivism?” Presented at the American Society of Criminology 72nd Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA: November 2016
- “Can Residential Mobility Predict Recidivism?” Presented at the Criminal Justice Research Institute. Columbus, OH: November 2016
- “Exploring Housing Instability and Recidivism Among Ohio Prisoners.” Presented at the Midwestern Public Affairs Conference. Columbus, OH: May 2016
Works in Progress:
- Pierce. S.C., Grady, B., & Holtzen, H. 2018. Daybreak in Dayton: Assessing characteristics and outcomes of previously homeless youth living in transitional housing. Children and Youth Services Review 88: 249-256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.03.021
- Moulton, S., Harlow, D., Kondratjeva, O., & Pierce, S.C. 2016. “Implementation and Impact Evaluation of Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment through Utility Payments (LIFT-UP).” Prepared for the National League of Cities. Center of Financial Security, University of Wisconsin.
- Pierce, S.C., Grady, B., & Holtzen, H. 2016. “Daybreak, Inc. Impact Evaluation and Roadmap to Youth Housing Final Report.” Ohio Housing Finance Agency.
Works in Progress:
- Pierce, S.C., Greenbaum, R., & Bellair, P. Can Residential Mobility Predict Recidivism?
- Pierce, S.C. & Chun, Y. A Spatial Analysis of the Effect of Residential Foreclosure on Neighborhood Housing Prices.
- Daybreak: Evaluation of a Homeless Youth Transitional Housing Program. With Bryan Grady and Holly Holtzen.
- Can Residential Mobility Predict Recidivism? With Robert Greenbaum and Paul Bellair.
November 2017. Co-Principal Investigator with Yung Chun. “Estimating the Effect of Residential Foreclosure on Neighborhood Housing Prices: A Spatial Analysis,” OSU Center for Real Estate at the Fisher College of Business. ($4,500)
Recent Academic Service Activities:
Recent Academic Honors & Awards:
- Co-Organizer, 2018 Real Estate and Housing Doctoral Student Conference
- Service Chair, John Glenn College Doctoral Student Organization, 2017-2018
Criminal Justice Research Institute Travel Grant, Fall 2016
- Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
- Ohio State University Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC)
- American Society of Criminology (ASC)
- American Real Estate Society (ARES)
- American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA)
- Ohio State University Center for Real Estate